You’ve spent hours and hours researching your destination on Instagram, Pinterest, and countless travel blogs. You’ve saved up a small fortune by cutting everywhere possible. You’ve packed and unpacked your suitcase enough times to earn the title of Tetris master. You’ve made it through the waiting game of air travel and flight delays, and you’ve actually made it to your destination, miracle of miracles! You’re there, you’re excited, you’re wandering around and discovering all of those places that you’ve only seen through a location tag on Instagram and then! You take selfies and pictures galore and then…
You start looking at your pictures and realise that, oh, you look super tired. And that travel outfit that you thought was going to be perfect actually looks kind of messy and rumpled. Also, who’s that weirdo in the background staring directly into your camera in seven different locations? Then it spirals into, how should I edit these to fix everything? Should I share them? Should I try to go back and take them again? Just keep piling filters on to see if I can cover some of it?
And to that I say, STOP. Ninety eight percent of us do not have professional photographers following us around taking pictures of us while we gracefully float through a new local without a care in the world. We have to quickly run for trains and buses, figure out how to grab an open spot in a crowd, and try to see a monument amongst scaffolding, and that’s reality. Embrace your travel photos and remind yourself that that is how you experienced it!
Yes, you may always look tired like me. But you were tired because you had crazy jet lag because you travelled from Winnipeg to London and had to deal with a six hour time difference (leading to you being awake at 3am). That’s part of the journey! And maybe your hair looks crazy because the wind is taking everything it wants and you forgot an elastic (the one day out of the year that you do!). That’s part of the journey, too! Possibly you are also challenged when you have to look at a camera and you are either looking away or blinking or sneezing or just generally not being the best at being a person. Guess what? Also part of you!
These three pictures aren’t the best pictures of me, by a long shot. I’m pale and tired and not looking and moving and just generally all over the place. However, they make me smile every single time I look at them because I remember running to find Paddington or driving across Ireland or being far too excited to eat a mini cupcake from Fortnum and Mason, not that I look like a complete goofball.
So, dear readers, I am challenging you to post your best #goofytravel pics! I will be sharing some in the next few days, along with the memory that inspired it. What is your best “goofy travel” story?